A gender parity quota for Mexican elections has resulted in many “fake positions” among municipalities in Chiapas that operate through indigenous self-determination. Constitutionally-elected women often serve only as figureheads for men elected by traditional customs.
Thanks to successful advocacy and information campaigns, more Central American migrants than ever have applied for asylum in Mexico – but the office tasked with processing the applications can’t keep up. As the office scrambles to meet demand, the families who’ve made the long journey north face months of uncertainty.
Women have been eligible to enlist in Mexico’s National Military Service since 2000. But this year, the service saw the fewest number of women enroll. And those who did say they don’t receive the same opportunities as men.
Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.
Running water is not a given in Coyoacán, an area of Mexico City where politicians are accused of manipulating water supplies to keep the support of local residents. But recently, the citizens of Coyoacán banded together to fight for their right to a regular supply of water.
Many schools in Mexico are operating without a sustainable water supply, which means toilets can't be flushed and sinks run dry. The government has recently approved plans to address these infrastructure needs, but in the meantime some schools have to bring water via trucks.
Mexico’s prison system is notoriously corrupt, as many around the world have learned from stories of escapes by drug kingpins from maximum-security prisons. But when a friend or family member goes to prison, ordinary Mexicans are pulled into a system that forces them to surrender to an array of unavoidable bribes to provide the most basic services.
Many people in the southern Mexican municipality of Zinacantán reject the use of daylight saving time, opting for “God’s time.” Younger people adapt to the change better than older ones, and municipal employees more so than farmers.
The government is considering a law change that would allow the medicinal use of certain cannabis derivatives. Cultivation of cannabis for personal recreational use would still be illegal, but users continue to grow marijuana in secret.